Music, Memory and More with the Fort Worth Opera

Music, Memory and More with the Fort Worth Opera

This innovative new program is funded in part by a generous grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, in partnership with Dementia Friendly Fort Worth and the United Way Area Agency on Aging in Texas.

Fort Worth Opera (FWO) announced today the launch of Music, Memory, and More, a seven-week series (March 30, April 8, 22, May 13, 27, and June 10, 15 at 10:30 am CST). This series features guest artists from Fort Worth Opera, along with the company’s talented Lesley Resident Artists. Each hour-long event begins with a mini-concert. During the first event on Tuesday, March 30, this therapeutic program will consist of two 20-minute segments. The first half of every session will feature musical performances followed by an interactive activity. Each activity is specifically designed to engage individuals living with dementia in the DFW area. In addition to the March 30 event, the series will be offered twice monthly through April, May, and June. Supported in part by a special grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts, this inspiring new series is an extension of Fort Worth Opera’s special community programming and marks the inaugural collaboration between FWO, Dementia Friendly Fort Worth, and the United Way Area Agency on Aging in Texas.

The connection between music and memory has been the ongoing subject of international research for many decades. A recent clinical study published in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease found that musical stimuli delayed cognitive decline and showed improvement in brain network synchronization within individuals suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.¹ Musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the final remaining cognitive abilities in the minds of dementia patients, and musical memory appears to endure long after the mind has begun to deteriorate. With more than 100 types of incurable dementia in existence, Fort Worth Opera hopes this series will provide another impactful way to move beyond the stigma of the disease, share our passion for music, and connect with members of our community.

Music, Memory, and More will feature FWO Manager of Education and Community Engagement, Sheran Goodspeed Keyton, and a guest presenter who will guide participants through fun and engaging activities, including music, movement, music therapy, call and response interaction, and socialization. Having a routine is beneficial for individuals living with dementia, so FWO has chosen to offer this program twice a month through June of this year. Within these recorded sessions, there will be opportunities to discuss the art form of opera, learn more about the six historical periods of classical music and the different voice types. There will also be many moments throughout this series where participants can sing along. For those who cannot join us, each recording will be available to watch online through Worth Opera and Dementia Friendly Fort Worth’s YouTube channels for thirty days following each session.

To attend, please contact Gail Snider at gsnider@dementiafriendlyfw.org and 817-994-3803.

https://www.fwopera.org | https://dffw.org

 

This project is supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts and United Way.

¹ INCREASED FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY AFTER LISTENING TO FAVORED MUSIC IN ADULTS WITH ALZHEIMER DEMENTIA
J.B. King, K.G. Jones, E. Goldberg, M. Rollins, K. MacNamee, C. Moffit, S.R. Naidu, M.A. Ferguson, E. Garcia-Leavitt, J. Amaro, K.R. Breitenbach, J.M. Watson, R.K. Gurgel, J.S. Anderson, N.L. Foster.
J Prev Alz Dis 2019;6(1):56-62

About Fort Worth Opera: Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is poised to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021. For the last fifteen years, FWO has become one of the leading American companies dedicated to nurturing and performing new opera, in addition to producing traditional repertoire with rising American stars. Our acclaimed Frontiersprogram was held online this fall with our first digital Libretto Workshop. The company’s Children’s Opera Theatre typically reaches about 60,000 students across North Texas each season with live, interactive performances.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, FWO has created online educational curriculum for local music students to supplement their in-school studies, and COT can also now serve entire families and communities beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Fort Worth Opera is committed to celebrating all North Texans, and through our ongoing Noches de Ópera program, the company offers exciting community-driven events and powerful operas that represent the diverse cultures of all of the Americas.

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY FORT WORTH: Dementia Friendly Fort Worth collaborates with community partners to advocate for systems change and provide education, resources, and services that will enhance the lives of those with dementia and their care partners. The organization offers innovative social opportunities, activities, and educational opportunities for persons living with dementia, to increase awareness and understanding.

Fort Worth Opera is sponsored in part by awards from The Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, The City of Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust, Simmons Bank, Trustee, Visit Fort Worth, and OPERA America. Additional Fort Worth Opera sponsors include: Tarrant Country Pearls Chapter of The Society, Inc., Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Texas Christian University, Time to Heal America, Allan Virgo, Royal Flesh, Townplace Suites Marriott, Renaissance: The Worthington Hotel. Additional sponsors include Haltom’s Fine Jewelers, UNT Health Science Center, the Kimbell Art Museum, Col. William A. Massad, Ret., Trewbarry, Farmers Insurance, Larry, Kardaras, and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

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The five multi-session packages are identified below. All ticket prices are plus applicable fees.

Junior & Senior Women’s Day 1 Package – June 4: $89-$159
Junior & Senior Women’s Day 2 Package – June 6: $99-$179
All Junior & Senior Men’s Package – June 3 & 5: $99-$139
Senior Men’s & Senior Women’s Day 2 Package – June 5 & 6: $109-$149
All-session (all eight competitive sessions) – June 3-6: $209-$609; platinum ticket package includes VIP seating and a USA Gymnastics gift

At the 2019 U.S. Championships, 2016 Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre and two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center each won their sixth U.S. all-around title. The veteran World medalists are each looking to add another Olympic Games to their resumes in addition to a seventh national championship.

USA Gymnastics is partnering with the Fort Worth Sports Commission and Dickies Arena for this event, and all parties are working together to create COVID-19 safety protocols in accordance with the local health department to provide a safe and welcoming experience for all guests.

Tickets may be purchased at DickiesArena.com (you will need to register for a Dickies Arena AccountManager account). For groups of 10 or more, contact Dickies Arena Group Sales at (817) 402-9102 or email galanis@dickiesarena.com. Discounted tickets are available through local gymnastics clubs that are participating in the gym club ticket program.

The tentative competition schedule, which is subject to change, is below. All sessions are listed in central time.

Thursday, June 3: Men’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors
Friday, June 4: Women’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors
Saturday, June 5: Men’s gymnastics – 10 a.m., juniors, and 3 p.m., seniors
Sunday, June 6: Women’s gymnastics – 12 p.m., juniors, and 5:30 p.m., seniors

USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States, encompassing seven disciplines: women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, gymnastics for all (a.k.a. group gymnastics) and, most recently, parkour. USA Gymnastics sets the rules and policies that govern the sport of gymnastics, including selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for the Olympics and World Championships; promoting and developing gymnastics on the grassroots and national levels, as well as a safe, empowered and positive training environment; and serving as a resource and educational center for the more than 200,000 members, clubs, fans and gymnasts throughout the United States. The organization is deeply committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority: the safety and well-being of athletes and our community.

 

 

About the Fort Worth Sports Commission
The Fort Worth Sports Commission advances the city as an international sports destination. A division of Visit Fort Worth, the Sports Commission attracts youth, collegiate and professional events that deliver economic impact and boost Fort Worth’s image. The Commission supports development of and access to facilities that enhance the quality of life for all Fort Worth. For more information, visit FortWorthSports.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter @FortWorthSports.

About Dickies Arena
Dickies Arena is a 14,000 seat, spectacular multipurpose venue located adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The facility is the result of a pioneering public-private partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the State of Texas and a group of private-sector participants, including foundations, individuals and organizations. The arena is owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by the not-for-profit operating entity, Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC). The state-of-the-art arena hosts concerts, sporting events and family entertainment, and is home to Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo performances. For more information, visit www.DickiesArena.com.

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Virtual Pictures and Pages/Fotos y Libros is supported by the Nuestro Kimbell committee, which advises and helps shape the Kimbell’s ongoing efforts to foster meaningful, inclusive and accessible museum experiences for all.

 

2021 SPRING/SUMMER SCHEDULE

April 6

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family/El azul mas orgulloso: Una historia de Hijab y familia by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali; illustrated by Hatem Aly

Asiya’s hijab is like the ocean and the sky, no line between them, saying hello with a loud wave. Co-authored by Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, this inspiring story about the first day of school explores new experiences and unbreakable family bonds.

May 4

Drawn Together/Juntos Dibujamos by Minh Lê; illustrated by Dan Santat

Sometimes words are not necessary to find common ground. This beautifully illustrated picture book explores what happens when art and storytelling bring people together.

June 1

Bunnybear/Conejitozo by Andrea J. Loney; illustrated by Carmen Saldaña

Bunnybear is a bear on the outside, but he feels like a bunny on the inside. This sweet story about friendship and acceptance celebrates the importance of staying true to oneself.

July 6

La Frontera: My Journey with Papa/La frontera: El viaje con papá by Alfredo Alva and Deborah Mills; illustrated by Claudia Navarro

Home is where the heart is. Snuggle up with a loved one for this true story about a family’s journey and the challenges they overcame together.

August 3

When Sadness Is at Your Door/Cuando la tristeza llega a tu puerta illustrated and written by Eva Eland

Feeling blue? It’s OK to not be OK. This thoughtful book gives a shape and face to a sometimes-scary emotion and offers different ways to navigate new feelings.

All dates and details are subject to change. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.

 

ABOUT THE KIMBELL ART MUSEUM
The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas.

The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.

Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451.

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Easter is a time for new beginnings. Not only does Easter feel like the real beginning of new life in the world, spring flowers, pastel colors, happy faces and families gathering together to celebrate the Resurrection, but it also symbolizes new beginnings in our lives.

Just like Easter in 2020, our discussions of new beginnings are clouded by COVID-19. Each of us will make our own decisions about our gatherings with friends and family during this joyous Easter season.

Fort Worth restaurants have struggled for over 12 months due to COVID-19, and they continue to need our support. If an Easter Brunch or family lunch or dinner celebration is in your plans, What’s Up Fort Worth, with the help of Fort Worth Foodies, offers you this list of Fort Worth restaurants that have Easter brunches or dining options for your consideration.

If you consider yourself a Foodie or you just like to see what’s up in the Fort Worth culinary scene, you need to check out Fort Worth Foodies. Click here for the Fort Worth Foodies website, or Facebook page. 

 

The Best Easter Eats in Fort Worth

Silver Fox

http://www.silverfoxsteakhouse.com/

The Capital Grille

https://www.thecapitalgrille.com/locations/tx/fort-worth/fort-worth/8048

Truluck’s

https://trulucks.com/locations/southlake-texas//

Winslow’s Wine Cafe

http://www.WinslowsWineCafe.com/

Pouring Glory

http://pouringglory.com/

Rock Springs Cafe and Catering

http://www.rockspringscafe.net//

The Cajun Market

http://www.thecajunmarket.com/

Toro Toro

https://www.torotorofortworth.com//

Water’s

http://www.waterstexas.com//

Wishbone & Flynt

http://www.wishboneandflynt.com/

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“Capping off our program with two exclusive restaurant concepts by Tim Love makes Mule Alley and the Fort Worth Stockyards one of the top food & beverage leisure destinations in the state of Texas, and we could not be more excited,” says Craig Cavileer, Executive Vice President of Majestic Realty Co and Managing Partner of Stockyards Heritage.

Love is known as much for his vibrant personality as for his signature urban western cuisine, creating dishes that have earned critical and popular acclaim. With restaurants in Knoxville and Texas, Love’s roots remain in the Lone Star State, where he is chef and owner of the beloved Texas restaurants Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie’s Steakhouse, Gemelle, Atico, and Love Shack, as well as the storied White Elephant Saloon. Although his restaurants are rooted in the South, Love is recognized nationwide through his partnerships that have taken him to several festivals and events throughout the U.S.

Mule Alley, anchored by Hotel Drover, is home to Provender Hall, Shake Shack, Lucchese Bootmaker, MB Mercantile & Supply, American Paint Horse Association’s flagship experience, Biscuit Bar, Cowtown Winery, Wrangler, King Ranch Saddle Shop, Proper Supply Co., and Simpli.fi national headquarters. Mule Alley will soon welcome additional retail and restaurants, including 97 West Kitchen & Bar at the Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel Drover, Second Rodeo Brewing Co., Sidesaddle Saloon, and Avoca Coffee, in addition to Love’s two new concepts.

For more information on Chef Tim Love, please visit https://cheftimlove.com, and for more information on Mule Alley and the Fort Worth Stockyards, please visit https://fortworthstockyards.com.

ABOUT MULE ALLEY:
Mule Alley is a carefully curated collection of restaurants, entertainment venues, shops, heritage brands, and creative workplaces located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. As part of one of the most iconic travel destinations in the country, the new Mule Alley project transcends typical development and brings an area in the district that was once vibrant back to life. After six years of planning, Stockyards Heritage Development Co. set out to revive the 108-year-old original horse and mule barns into an iconic destination shopping and dining district. Mule Alley features legacy stores and restaurants, including Shake Shack, Lucchese Bootmaker, Provender Hall, MB Mercantile, Cowtown Winery, Biscuit Bar, Wrangler, King Ranch Saddle Shop, and Proper Supply Co. The district is set to welcome additional tenants in the upcoming months, including Sidesaddle Saloon, Second Rodeo Brewing, Avoca Coffee, and many more. Marriott Autograph Collection resort Hotel Drover is coming to Mule Alley in March 2021. For more information visit mulealleyfortworth.com and keep up to date on social media by following @mulealley.

ABOUT STOCKYARDS HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT CO.:
Stockyards Heritage Development Co. is a partnership between nationally recognized developer Majestic Realty Co. and Fort Worth’s Hickman Investments. Created with the intention of thoughtfully reimagining the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the company is dedicated to preserving the National Historic District legacy while elevating it with experiences for locals and visitors from abroad. Accomplished through a public/private partnership with the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the project’s first phase, Mule Alley, broke ground in the fall of 2018 to include the renovation of the destination’s historic,108-year-old horse and mule barns into a street of curated shops, restaurants, retail, and office spaces. The project also includes a four-star Autograph Collection hotel and rustic resort, Hotel Drover, which is set to open in March 2021.

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